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Children's writers and illustrators


129 People in group

Richard Adams

Richard Adams

1920-2016
Novelist
Sitter in 2 portraits
Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen

1805-1875
Writer
Sitter in 2 portraits
Edward Ardizzone

Edward Ardizzone

1900-1979
Artist and illustrator
Sitter in 6 portraits
W.V. Awdry

W.V. Awdry

1911-1997
Clergyman; author of 'Thomas the Tank Engine' series
Sitter in 1 portrait
Enid Algerine Bagnold ('Lady Jones')

Enid Algerine Bagnold ('Lady Jones')

1889-1981
Novelist and playwright; wife of Sir Roderick Jones; daughter of Arthur Bagnold
Sitter in 10 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait
J.M. Barrie

J.M. Barrie

1860-1937
Writer and author of 'Peter Pan'
Sitter in 20 portraits | Artist associated with 37 portraits
Hilaire Belloc

Hilaire Belloc

1870-1953
Author and poet
Sitter associated with 17 portraits
Sir Quentin Blake

Sir Quentin Blake

1932-
Freelance artist and illustrator
Sitter in 2 portraits
William Blake

William Blake

1757-1827
Visionary poet and painter
Sitter in 10 portraits | Artist associated with 5 portraits
Enid Blyton

Enid Blyton

1897-1968
Children's writer
Sitter in 7 portraits
Michael Bond

Michael Bond

1926-2017
Children's writer and creator of 'Paddington Bear'
Sitter in 1 portrait
Raymond Briggs

Raymond Briggs

1934-
Author and illustrator
Sitter in 4 portraits
Robert Browning

Robert Browning

1812-1889
Poet; husband of Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Sitter in 53 portraits
Frances Hodgson Burnett

Frances Hodgson Burnett

1849-1924
Children's writer
Sitter in 2 portraits
Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll

1832-1898
Photographer and author of 'Alice in Wonderland'
Sitter in 9 portraits | Artist associated with 62 portraits
Walter Crane

Walter Crane

1845-1915
Illustrator, designer, painter and socialist
Sitter in 17 portraits
George Cruikshank

George Cruikshank

1792-1878
Caricaturist and illustrator
Sitter in 33 portraits | Artist associated with 28 portraits
Ivor Cutler

Ivor Cutler

1923-2006
Poet, comedian, musician and children's writer
Sitter in 1 portrait
Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl

1916-1990
Writer
Sitter in 6 portraits
Daniel Defoe

Daniel Defoe

1660-1731
Novelist, journalist and author of 'Robinson Crusoe'
Sitter in 5 portraits
Walter de la Mare

Walter de la Mare

1873-1956
Poet and writer
Sitter in 64 portraits
Monica Enid Dickens

Monica Enid Dickens

1915-1992
Novelist, autobiographer and children's writer
Sitter in 14 portraits
Edmund Dulac

Edmund Dulac

1882-1953
Artist and illustrator
Sitter in 17 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait
Alexandre Dumas

Alexandre Dumas

1802-1870
Novelist
Sitter in 9 portraits
Maria Edgeworth

Maria Edgeworth

1768-1849
Novelist; daughter of Richard Lovell Edgeworth
Sitter associated with 9 portraits
T.S. Eliot

T.S. Eliot

1888-1965
Poet
Sitter in 68 portraits
Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming

1908-1964
Author
Sitter in 17 portraits
Rumer Godden

Rumer Godden

1907-1998
Novelist, autobiographer and children's writer
Sitter in 5 portraits
Kenneth Grahame

Kenneth Grahame

1859-1932
Author
Sitter in 2 portraits
Kate Greenaway

Kate Greenaway

1846-1901
Artist
Sitter in 2 portraits
Sir (Henry) Rider Haggard

Sir (Henry) Rider Haggard

1856-1925
Novelist
Sitter in 21 portraits
Arthur Hughes

Arthur Hughes

1832-1915
Painter
Sitter in 3 portraits | Artist associated with 3 portraits
Ted Hughes

Ted Hughes

1930-1998
Poet Laureate
Sitter in 15 portraits
Thomas Hughes

Thomas Hughes

1822-1896
Social reformer and children's writer
Sitter in 16 portraits
Richard Jefferies

Richard Jefferies

1848-1887
Novelist and naturalist
Sitter in 3 portraits
Charles Kingsley

Charles Kingsley

1819-1875
Novelist, Church of England clergyman and controversialist
Sitter in 47 portraits
Dick King-Smith

Dick King-Smith

1922-2011
Writer
Sitter in 1 portrait
Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling

1865-1936
Writer and poet
Sitter associated with 40 portraits
Richmal Crompton

Richmal Crompton

1890-1969
Novelist
Sitter in 5 portraits
Edward Lear

Edward Lear

1812-1888
Artist and author of 'A Book of Nonsense'
Sitter in 5 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait
C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis

1898-1963
Author
Sitter in 5 portraits
Maurice Maeterlinck

Maurice Maeterlinck

1862-1949
Belgian poet and dramatist
Sitter in 4 portraits
Harriet Martineau

Harriet Martineau

1802-1876
Social philosopher and writer; sister of James Martineau
Sitter in 9 portraits
John Masefield

John Masefield

1878-1967
Poet Laureate
Sitter in 36 portraits
Spike Milligan

Spike Milligan

1918-2002
Comedian and writer
Sitter in 21 portraits
A.A. Milne

A.A. Milne

1882-1956
Writer, playwright and journalist
Sitter in 43 portraits
Christopher Robin Milne

Christopher Robin Milne

1920-1996
Author and bookseller; son of A.A. Milne
Sitter in 29 portraits
Michael Andrew Bridge Morpurgo

Michael Andrew Bridge Morpurgo

1943-
Poet, playwright and writer; Children's Laureate
Sitter in 2 portraits
William Nicholson

William Nicholson

1872-1949
Artist
Sitter in 8 portraits | Artist associated with 30 portraits
Helen Oxenbury

Helen Oxenbury

1935-
Children's books illustrator
Sitter in 1 portrait
Brian Patten

Brian Patten

1946-
Poet
Sitter in 3 portraits
Mervyn Laurence Peake

Mervyn Laurence Peake

1911-1968
Artist and writer
Sitter in 1 portrait | Artist of 2 portraits
Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter

1866-1943
Children's writer and book illustrator
Sitter in 6 portraits
Matthew Pritchett

Matthew Pritchett

1964-
'Matt'; cartoonist for The Daily Telegraph
Sitter in 2 portraits
Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman

1946-
Children's writer
Sitter in 2 portraits
Arthur Rackham

Arthur Rackham

1867-1939
Illustrator
Sitter in 2 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait
Arthur Ransome

Arthur Ransome

1884-1967
Journalist and author
Sitter in 15 portraits
William Heath Robinson

William Heath Robinson

1872-1944
Cartoonist and book illustrator
Sitter in 4 portraits
Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen

1946-
Poet and author, Children's Laureate and radio presenter
Sitter in 2 portraits
J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling

1965-
Writer
Sitter in 7 portraits